Derbyshire Places of Worship

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St Lawrence's Church, Barlow
St Lawrence's Church,
Hackney Lane,
Barlow, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1150, and we understand it is still open.

Kelly's Directory of 1932 describes Barlow (or Great Barlow) as a village, township and parish on a bold eminence, commanding a very extensive view of a finely cultivated country, 3½ miles from Sheepbridge station, and 5 miles from Staveley station, both on the London, Midland and Scottish railway, 4 miles north-west from Chesterfield and 10 south from Sheffield. The church of St Lawrence "is a small Norman building, consisting of chancel (added in 1867), nave and lady chapel, south porch and turret containing one bell". There are four stained windows, placed here in 1874; an inscribed marble slab to Robert Barley and his wife, Margaret, dated 1467, and an ancient coffin lid with inscription, of the 13th century.

The parish records date from 1573. The living was (in 1932) a perpetual curacy, in the gift of the rector of Staveley, and had been held since 1923 by the Rev. Edward Wm. Lumley, of St Chad's Hostel, Hooton Pagnell.

The return to the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/448/5/6/10) for an estimated congregation on March 30th of 146 in the afternoon, with 56 Sunday Scholars was completed by Edward Straw, "School-master of the above named Parish", who gave his address as "Barlow, Chesterfield".

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] This view of the Church is looking towards the North East (in the direction of Sheffield). See also a View from the Churchyard, looking East.[1]

[Image 2] One side of this cute little bell tower is stone, but the other 3 are (as it appears) wood. Interestingly it has been suggested that the original roof on the church was of thatch.[1]

[Image 3] This photograph is taken in the late afternoon, creating an interesting lighting effect… If you need a lesson in what happens when taking a photograph looking into the sun, this is it! However, it also illustrates the deceptively-sloping hillside on which the Church stands, which isn't apparent on the photograph of St Lawrence's Church viewed from the South.[1]

[Image 4] Hmmm... It would be surprising if this doorway didn't trip a few visitors on the way in![2]

[Image 5] The present structure of Barlow church dates from about 1140, when Hasculf d'Abitot, who owned land in the area, persuaded the Cistercian house of Louth Park to build a church in return for a grant of land. The church then consisted of a nave and small chancel, and may possibly have replaced an earlier Saxon church. The window visible in the north wall (left of the photo) is believed to be contemporary with the original building.

The church also has a Lady Chapel, which is sited in a rather unusual position against the south wall. It was built about 1340 as a chantry chapel for the Barley family, who were lords of the manor.[1]

[Image 6] Showing the rounded Norman archway to the Chancel.[1]

[Image 7] This West Gallery dates from 1921. It was a replacement for one of two galleries which were added during an 18th century refurbishment of the church. The second gallery - a ‘Singers Gallery’ - had been built over the Lady Chapel, but it was removed in 1906.

This photograph also shows the magnificent timbered roof.[1]

[Image 8] This Chancel was added in 1867, providing a replacement for an earlier smaller chancel, which was built at the same time as the original church, although in fact the early chancel had been removed some years previously, so for many years the church had ended at the east end of the nave.[1]

[Image 9] This view from Barlow Churchard is looking towards the East. It is a very cold and windswept area in winter, but this photograph, taken in April 1999, shows a field of brilliant yellow rape-seed in the distance indicating spring is well advanced, even this far north(!) and summer is on the way.

No, one can't see what's written on that gravestone - the inscription is on the other side![1]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SK3441674690. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

2. Information provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 17 Dec 2014 at 11:34.

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